Rare monkey gives birth to ginger baby at London Zoo

Both parents have black fur but as little Tango’s mother is a rare Francois’ langurs monkey, a flame coloured coat is typical in offspring.

Rare monkey gives birth to ginger baby at London Zoo
First time mum Lu Lu, a rare Francois langur monkey, snuggles up with baby Tango

Experts say the ginger fur evolved so it is easy for parents to spot their offspring.

Rare monkey gives birth to ginger baby at London Zoo

The youngster, who is yet to be sexed since being born on September 1, spends most of its time snuggled up to Lu Lu, but its auntie Lee Lee also helps out with the babysitting.
Zookeeper Kathryn Sanders said: ‘Baby Tango is currently rocking the redhead look, but it won’t actually be ginger for very long.

Rare monkey gives birth to ginger baby at London Zoo

‘Its fur will begin to darken at around three months of age, and they are usually completely black by the time they reach six months old.’
Francois’ langurs are one of the world’s rarest monkeys, and originate from north east Vietnam and China.
Classed as critically endangered and are in real danger of extinction. Their populations have declined sharply since 1990 because of habitat loss.
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